S.L.D.T. !u/LtL4dS.6 2013/08/23 (Fri) 20:43 No. 173350 ▼
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"Lunasa, Kogasa, this one's all yours." Thankfully you've got two mons who are perfectly willing to work with each other and not bicker like siblings. While you're sure that Merlin and Lyrica could work well with pretty much everyone else in your group, you kinda didn't want to stick them together just now.
Lunasa nods her head, her expression firming up into one of steely resolve as she flies past you and into the rind, holding her instrument up and into first position as she readies herself. SlKogasa gives you a wet hug before oozing into the ring after her friend, her body jiggling with readiness as she awaits her opponents.
"Well, this is what I was hoping for. Since the rules didn't ban these." Nueton pulls something out of his pockets...some kind of bulky hair clips? He sets them up on his temples and produces two odd touhouballs that are painted blue and white and have seemingly exposed electronics on their surfaces, "Let's go, Mami! Nyu!" He tosses them both forward at the same time, lobbing them underhanded into the ring where they open up and release two shapes of white light that reform to reveal a Nue and a Mami. Mami casually uncurls her tail out from around her and crosses her arms under her bust, hefting them inadvertently as the Nue stretches out a bit, holding her arms above her head as she grins widely at her opponents.
Wow. Can't say you were expecting a combo like that. No wonder he seems so confident about this particular battle. Still, you're just as confident in your own girls. You're not sure how Nueton commands his mons, if he does at all, but if he does and you don't have to...
Nueton just smiles as he watches his girls take up their own position. Neither of them moves just yet, yours because they wait for your order and the same likely goes for Nueton's. Sebastian stands in the referee box, his expression one of absolute seriousness and concentration as he keeps one hand raised, watching both of you. "Contestants, are you ready?" His voice rings loud and clear.
"Ready." You say, keeping an eye on your opponent. You want to make sure that you give your sole command as soon as possible, and that means keeping your focus on the impending battle in front of you.
"Ready." Nueton agrees, staring right back at you with his hands in his pockets, his eyes meeting yours as you feel an odd spark run down your spine. Not like one of 'those' sparks thankfully, but still a thrill of challenge, perhaps? Nueton may be the first competent trainer you'll probably face, especially if he's running a team like that. Supposedly Mami and Nue teams tend to be...extreme.
"...Begin!" Sebastian calls out as he brings his arm down. Without a word from Nueton, Nyu and Mami immediately move, Nue spinning her trident out as her wings flex and she charges forward while Mami takes in a deep breath and whips her tail towards Kogasa, numerous sharp looking spinning green things flying out of them. Razor Leaf!"
Great. Looks like Nueton knows his stuff, or at least runs off the same general battle strategy you do. "Girls, do what you need to." Is all you say. You're hoping that that's vague enough to where your opponent and his mons can't take advantage of it.
SlKogasa shifts her form to avoid Razor Leaf, the attack whirling past her and cutting into the stadium walls behind you as you watch them pass by. SlKogasa doesn't just stay on the defensive and hurtles towards her opponent, oozing across the ground as rapidly as she can. The Mamizou just cheerfully waggles her finger at her and taps one heel against the ground, which proceeds to rip open into a chasm in front of her and shoot towards your SlKogasa. With Lunasa, you watch as she grazes past several jabs of the Nue's Trident as the faster mon closed in before she could react and attempts to respond, yet always gets cut off by her opponents superior speed. Slowly, she is being driven back by the Nue's ferocious offensive, even if she is performing admirably so far.
You just watch, keeping an eye on things but are unwilling to interfere. Your girls know how to defeat their opponents, and since Nueton is at least as good as you if not better you giving out specific orders or even general suggestions would likely just cause him to do the same.
SlKogasa shifts her form drastically, oozing around the unsettlement in the earth and avoiding the rift in the ground even as she's forced to abandon her charge and come up with a new strategy. You see slight discoloration build up in her chest before she spews out a noxious looking purple mist towards the Mamizou, who moves to avoid the attack by taking by bouncing away, giving Kogasa the chance to move in under the cover of her poisonous fog.
Meanwhile, Lyrica has taken a few decorative nicks and scratches, but given that the news trident likely carried poisons of some sort, and how her expression is one of pain that goes beyond the few scratches she has, you realize that she's probably in worse shape than she looks. "You're outmatched here." The Nue points out to her as she lances her trident out towards Lunasa's head who just barely manages to avoid it, "Your trainer's either a novice for sending you out here when we already knew just what you were, or he doesn't care."
Lunasa moves quickly in response to that, holding her bow in a stronger grip as she grits her teeth in anger, "Shut up!" She yells back at the Nue, pushing her backwards as she starts to use her bow as a blade, deflecting aside the thrust of the trident as a fury possesses her, "Shut up! You don't know anything! You might know what type of touhoumon we are but you! don't! know! ANYTHING!" You watch on as Lunasa's bow glows and shimmers and eerie whitish-silver as she starts to fence with it ferociously. Are...are Lunasa supposed to be able to do that?
SlKogasa is still hiding in the mist of poison she created, Mamizou watching her position warily as her tail bushes about in anticipation. From behind her, you can see a gleam of light off of a teal body as a portion of Kogasa's slimy body pokes up out of one of the cracks in the earth she made. A back attack, that's your girl! You watch as the slime suddenly lances towards the Mamizou's back...only for her to twist out of the way of it without even looking and respond with a barrage of leafy blades that cut apart the slimy appendage. But...she never even saw it. Behind her, Nueton's expression is one of concentration as he watches both of his fighters work.
Looks like things are more even than it looked. Lunasa's using skills you didn't even know she had, while SlKogasa is demonstrating just how smart she can be. You're confident that your girls can push through this.
More than that though, you feel happy about how Lunasa defended you without a second thought. She's right, ultimately Nueton only knew the species of your girls, which gives him a rough idea. Anything past that is just guesswork, and even you don't know your girl's full potential.
Then it goes back to going wrong when the Nue hooks one of Lunasa's blows on her trident and twists it aside before slamming her fist into Lunsa's face as it glows with a sickly colored miasma. The Nue drags her claws across Lunasa's face as Lunasa let's out a startled cry of pain, reeling back and clutching her face as the Nue spins her trident and points it at her, unleashing a shot of hundreds of razor sharp, nigh invisible needles that are no doubt covered in poison to sting her.
Mamizou grabs a chunk of unturned earth and hefts it up into the air before hurling at where she suspects SlKogasa is, the massive chunk of rock that was thrown breaks apart the mist, but thankfully you don't see SlKogasa take a hit. In fact, she doesn't seem to be there at all.
You try hard not to cringe at the sight of Lunasa being put in a bad spot like that, but it's still down to her abilities, no matter how much you'd rather be able to say otherwise. Same with SlKogasa, but at the very least the goo girl is only having to deal with physical attacks. You're suspicious that she's not taking this fight totally seriously, as if Nueton's mons are as knowledgeable as he is, she already knows that slimes are barely affected by physical attacks. Short of striking the core, that is.
...Now that you think about it, that's probably what that Mamizou is going for.
And with SlKogasa having to use her core to actually maintain her body and use most of her abilities, her core is much more exposed than most slimes cores are. Meaning that one of those rocks could take her out of the rights immediately. Mamizou picks up another rock and hefts it to throw, but...that's not the direction that SlKogasa is in, you feel.
Nue spins and deflects around Lunasa's attacks, who is doing the best she can managed against the faster touhoumon. If she could get one of her attacks to connect then it would be much more in her favor, since Nue's are not exactly known for their durability. But, it's getting the attack to connect that's the problem, as the Nue seems content to keep her off balance during the fight and not let up.
...Ugh. As much as you didn't want to have to start giving commands, at the rate things are going you're going to have to. Lunasa's likely poisoned already if her typing doesn't prevent it, and SlKogasa... You're pretty sure that the two are almost dealing with the wrong opponents. Nue seems to be Flying/Poison while Mamizou specializes in Ground/Grass... "Lunasa, Kogasa, switch targets!"
You're not sure if it'll be that simple, given how Nue seems to be able to harass Lunasa at will, but SlKogasa is tricky.
Mamizou hurls the rock at Lunasa, having apparently anticipated your plan and fully intending to keep it from happening. But, Lunasa is suddenly sucked into the ground, avoiding the rock which slams into the ground just past where she was just moments ago. You can see a Lunasa sized hole in the arena floor.
"What? Hey, is that even-?" Nue starts to speak up to complain before she moves, wings flaring as she avoids a series of grasping tentacles that came at her from behind. How are they even able to predict those so well? I mean, you know that touhoumon have extreme sense, but Kogasa is a slime type of a touhoumon based on ambush and surprise, surely she should be able to get the drop on them from behind.
Mamizou just hops along the ground as well, moving closer to Nue to help prevent your strategy to separate them from working. The two of them warily watch the surrounding ground and wait for the inevitable attack.
Now you're getting annoyed. That's two ambush attacks they've reacted to with perfect accuracy without having any obvious knowledge as to what SlKogasa was doing. You know full well that Nueton hasn't spoken a word this whole match, so by all means his mons shouldn't have been able to react as though he did warn them. The only trainer confirmed to be that good by nature was the Boy in Red, and this guy... well, he's not.
Neither are you, but that's beside the point.
Plus, Nueton had those odd balls and hairclips of his. You remember that pretty clearly, and are looking right at them now that SlKogasa's sorting Lunasa out.
You're pretty sure that's not standard equipment.
Nueton's eyes are running calmly along the surface of the arena grounds, watching and waiting for any sign of what might be coming as everyone calmly waits for the storm to come. You notice his eyes focus on one point in the floor particular, and suddenly Mamizou lift up a foot and slams it down, sending a wave of disrupted earth through the floor that culminates in that section of the floor crashing down.
"...Son of a Momiji, is he seriously using a mental link?!" There weren't too many other things it could be at this point. He's not giving commands directly, he's acting as a spotter like he should, and his mons are reacting like they're psychic. You have to applaud his underhanded tactics, if nothing else.
Nueton looks up at you, making eye contact. Then...he just grins. It's an obnoxious, shit-eating grin that fills you with a sense of disgust and awe, because you just know he's pulled this trick on other people before and they've never caught on, "You know, you're the first one who's actually caught on to this." He makes conversation from across the arena as he watches carefully, "Most either don't figure it out, think I'm a natural psychic or just make fun of my fashion sense."
"I'm surprised more people haven't caught on, quite honestly. No offense, but if anyone actually paid attention to you they'd see it pretty easily." Honestly, his mon's reactions are too perfect, especially when it came to SlKogasa, who was built for ambush tactics.
"People are neither smart nor observant." He shrugs, "At least, not naturally. Most trainers don't think out of the box much at all. If it's not something that they've seen or heard about before, they won't imagine it's possible. After all..." Nueton spreads his arms, "Who would imagine that someone could create an artificial psychic connection? That's ridiculous, like something out of an anime, isn't it?"
"It does seem a bit out there, yeah. I can get how most people wouldn't get it." You keep an eye on the battlefield since you're sure something's happened since you last looked. "Guess most people don't know how to eliminate the impossible."
"Most people are just dumb." Nueton shrugs as both of his mon twist and move, avoiding it as SlKogasa bursts up out of the ground and attempts to grapple them. While it may not be lucky on her part since she couldn't catch them, she did manage to break them up! Lunasa bursts out of her body and heads for Mamizou as SlKogasa unleashes and all out assault on Nue, numerous slimy tendrils lashing and attacking after the speedy mon who is amazingly dodging them all still.
"Well, I guess there's not much left to do but see how this plays out." You say in response, watching as your girls take to the offensive proper.
"That Slime type of yours is quite intelligent you know." Nueton remarks, "Most of them tend to be more towards a primal, animalistic cunning if they aren't Queens. She seems quite a bit brighter than that. You may want to keep that in mind for whatever you're planning in the future." He suggests as he watches SlKogasa and Nue's battle carefully, Nue avoiding every single attack sent her way as Nueton devotes more of his attention to keeping her safe from that relentless assault. But...with his attention on Nue, then...!
Lunasa is fighting Mamizou ferociously, having closed in playing her instrument and unleashing a barrage of sound and sonic based attacks that seemingly cracked the Mamizou's defenses, and allowed her to get the chance and entrance she needed. Now the two of them are slugging it out, trading physical blows as the Mamizou slams a fist across Lunasa's face. Lunasa just clenches a fist that has a ghastly colored mist burst to life as she slams her ghost-style punch into Mamizou's head, who rocks to the side. At the same moment Nueton hisses and grabs that side of his face as you notice it discolor. What in the..."
...Wait a tic. He's got a psychic link with his mons via the devices, then maybe there's some form of backlash when his mons actually get hit? Granted, you're not going to tell your girls to lay off now, but it's a point of curiosity.
You know, you would never have suspected Lunasa to be capable of this kind of fighting style, given everything you know about them and what you saw of her. But she is just laying into the Mamizou with her fists. Mamizou is hitting back, sure, but Lunasa is just a whirlwind of fists and fury as the two duke it out.
Nueton is clenching his teeth as he tries to keep his concentration up, eyes darting over to Mamizou who suddenly twists under a shadowy punch from Lunasa and kicks the earth, causing a pillar of earth to rise up from beneath her and slam straight up into her. Oooooh, that had to hurt. Of course, with his attention on Mamizou, Nue is forced to dodge on her own, twisting and turning around the attacks as best as she can manage as SlKogasa continues her tendril assault unabated. SlKogasa and Nue can't poison each other very readily, which means they're going to have to rely on their individual combat abilities. If Nue can get off a special attack though...
You realize now that SlKogasa's luck was absolutely amazing, by attacking where and how she did she forced Nue and Mamizou apart enough that Nueton can't keep both in his field of vision at once even the slightest bit, meaning that he can only support one of them at a time. More over, you get the feeling that Nue and Mamizou are both used to having Nueton's support on them, so they have a bit more trouble fighting alone.
Which really meant that Nueton was more clever than good at battles. Now that he's off balance, his entire setup's falling apart, and the more damage his mons take the more it starts to bite him in the ass. It's literally going to come down to whether Nue has an ace up her sleeve or not.
Nyu takes a hit from one of the tentacles and grits her teeth before pointing her trident at SlKogasa as it arcs with energy for just a moment before a bolt of lighting bursts out of it and slams into SlKogasa.
Who promptly explodes, chunks of slime flying all over.
You wince at that one. You're seriously hoping she's not down, because like how Nueton was the key to his offensive, SlKogasa is the only thing keeping your side of things going well. If she goes down, it'd be two against one and you're not sure you could coach Lunasa through dealing with two opponents.
Meanwhile with Lunasa, she seems to have recovered from having a chunk of stone driven up into her rather admirably as she pulls back and whirls around the rocks hurled at her while peppering the Mamizou with sonic based attacks in return. Lunasa pulls her bow all the way up on the string, and Merlin and Lyrica jump forward behind you to cover your ears. Even through their protection, you can hear the piercing shrieking outcry of noise as Lunasa brings the pain.
You're seriously glad your girls jumped in just then, because that would have hurt otherwise. ...Speaking of which, if you're right and Nueton feels the pain his mons take, and your girls felt that they had to jump in to protect you from it, would he have felt that two, or even threefold? "Thanks, girls." You say to Merlin and Lyrica.
Nueton is on the ground, actually. Uh...Is he okay?
Sebastian signals someone with his hand and an assistant runs over to Nueton, carefully checking him as he starts to move on his own, slamming his hands into the ground as he gets back up to his feet, his connectors-oh geez are they smoking?
Mami grabs Lunasa and hurls her away from her as if she was a rock and rushes over to her trainer, with Nyu doing the same as she pours all her speed into it. "I'm fine..." Nueton tries to insist as he gets up unsteadily to his feet.
"Don't give me that, you idiot!" Nue chastises him vocally, her displeasure obvious, "Your head is smoking! Human heads aren't supposed to do that!" She is edging closer to the boundaries of the match limits as Sebastian watches like a hawk.
"It's fine, I can still-" Nueton tries to insist but Mamizou just pushes the seemingly useless aide out of the way and leaves the arena, disqualifying herself as she checks Nueton's temples herself, "No, you're not fine. They're burning into your temples." She informs him as she carefully takes Nueton into her arms and supports him.
"Hey, Muscles McGee!" The Nue calls out to Sebastian, "We forfeit, give them the victory or whatever!" She states as she carefully takes Nueton's other side.
That was almost anti-climactic, but you honestly wish you had thought to tell Lunasa to do that sooner. "A battle won through trainer knockout. That's not exactly a regular win." You say in response while shaking your head. "Lunasa, Kogasa, the two of you did great!" You say with much greater enthusiasm.
Lunasa is digging herself up off the floor and rubbing her face, but she seems fairly happy that you're praising her. She looks like she's been put through the ringer though, for a touhoumon. SlKogasa is seemingly nowhere to be seen...at least until you feel something around your feel. There you see a small blob of slime with her core contained in it as bits of slime that were blasted all over the room by the critically striking lightning bolt slowly reform back together.
You kneel down and look her over with a worried expression on your face. "Ouch. Good thing Sebastian has a portable Touhoumon center here. We're going there first thing after you get yourself back together." You say, not wanting to bring up the alternative option at first, but... "Actually, do you want me to recall you and let you back out so you can at least be back in one piece faster?"
Her slime jiggles in a negative manner as she continues to pull herself back together, her separate pieces pulling together more rapidly since she was moving too slow for you before.
"Wow, way to go sis!" Merlin claps Lunasa on the back, "I mean, you got beaten up a lot at the start of it, but you were really doing well there at the end!"
"What Merlin is saying, is that you did a good job and we're both proud of you." Lyrica cuts in, giving Merlin a look as she pats Lunasa on the back. Lunasa just pulls both of them into a big hug and squeezes them tight.
"Oh, I'm so glad you approve!" Lunasa seems very happy indeed as she hugs her squirming sisters tight.
"You really did do well, Lunasa." You look to the mon in question and smile at her. "Next time I'll be a bit quicker on the draw about realizing when you're in a bad spot." You imagine that if you had told the two to swap targets sooner, odds are good Lunasa wouldn't have gotten beat half as bad as she was. "Still, I'm really surprised. You're good at using your fists, and using your bow like that was something I never would have seen coming. You were right when you said that that Nue didn't know anything."
"W-well..." Lunasa blushes, looking rather embarrassed, "I don't know, I mean...she probably could have beaten me, so..." She seems to be dimming down just a bit now, becoming unsure of herself.
SlKogasa suddenly bursts into existence, reforming herself as a decidedly younger looking version of herself as she continues to slowly regain mass. She lunges forward and hugs the girls, and you, all together, "We winners!"
You aren't surprised by that sudden hug, oddly enough, and are quite happy about it. "Yeah. It wasn't through the usual means, but we won." You hug Lunasa as well, since you haven't gotten to yet. "Lunasa, that's just a what-if, and Nueton wasn't playing fair anyway. If Nue didn't have the support she did from him, you would have won."
"Plus, that underhanded tactic of his wound up biting him in the rear thanks to you. So cheer up, okay?" You continue, not wanting Lunasa's mood to dampen over what-ifs.
"No she wouldn't have!" Nue yells at you as she carries Nueton closer, "I would have-"
"Nyu, that's enough." Nueton speaks up, his voice hoarse, "That SlKogasa of yours is far more cunning and intelligent than I'd expected." Nueton informs you as Mamizou supports him silently and his Nue fumes, glowering at you for your insult towards her abilities, "A sonic attack wouldn't normally have affected my connectors like that. Those previous sonic attacks that peppered the area were to measure the frequency these connectors operate at so you could hit them at the right one to cause them to backfire. While you were underground, the SlKogasa gave you the idea." Nueton is stating these as if they were facts, and not just mere speculation.
Lunasa shifts, biting her lip nervously as her eyes dart around.
"It's impressive either way. Even if Kogasa had the idea, Lunasa had to implement it herself." You say simply while still being hugged from all sides. "Plus, it's now one more trick Lunasa can pull off now and in the future. I'm just calling it a team effort and leaving it at that."
"Still, I think we ought to head back to the 'portable' TC shortly. Lunasa and Kogasa need the rest and I'm sure you're only managing to stand up with your Mamizou's help and sheer willpower."
"Unfortunately, humans can't be bathed in that healing concoction they have." Nueton adjusts his glasses, whice are miraculously not cracked apart by the fall or sonic damage, "You can ignore the information I've given you if you wish to. I merely suggest you keep remember it. Also..." He reaches into a pocket and pulls out a small, worn looking book which he holds out to you, "A gift. This is something I developed before I created these headsets. It's a completely comprehensive list of handsigns and signals so you can communicate with your touhoumon, if you wish it. They're nonstandard, and completely unlike the standard sign language you see used."
You take the book in question and place it in your Key Items pocket, along with the few other things you've picked up. "Thanks. Also, I wasn't planning on ignoring your advice on Kogasa here. I just didn't really want to knock Lunasa down like that."
"And yeah, I know that stuff won't work on humans. I figured it'd be better for you to go someplace to at least get some rest as opposed to standing in an arena that we're probably going to have to vacate shortly."
"Your Prismrivers are no doubt capable, exceedingly so for Prismrivers." He admits, adjusting his glasses again as they slip off his nose a bit, "But, she was not the deciding factor in that battle. The SlKogasa was. To ignore that is to slight both of them."
"...My apologies, my pain is making me step out of bounds." Nueton apologizes as Mami shifts and starts to drag him off, his Nyu giving your Lunasa one last look as they turn, "And I apparently am not allowed to stay here any longer. Take care Ezekiel, and good luck." He offers to you as he's dragged off.
You nod in response to that. "Lunasa, Kogasa, I really ought to be doing what that Mamizou is doing with Nueton. Namely, dragging you both off to get healed properly." You say, feeling a touch antsy about leaving them hurt like that. "Kogasa, how close are you to reforming completely?"
SlKogasa seems to be mostly reformed at this point, and is seemingly unharmed and just fine with how she's acting. Sebastian steps up, "Excuse me, Ezekiel. But you'll need to head through here." He points to the door you came in through, "Just head to the door with your mark on it and wait there. Someone will be along shortly to treat your team."
"Alright, thanks." You say to Sebastian. "Let's go, girls." You say to your team as you... realize that you're still kind of being hugged by a goo girl. "Kogasa...?"
Kogasa oozes through the door, carrying you all along with her with ease as she passes through it and quickly looks around to try and find your sign. You notice behind her that several pieces of slime are still trailing after her, forming up into her until she's finally complete.
Well, looks like she's managed to pull herself together in full. You don't need to worry about that, so you're free to look at the doors to figure out which one's which, and you spot it...
[ ] On the leftmost door, along with the image of a TC.
[ ] On the middle-left door, along with the image of a triple energy.
[ ] On the middle-right door, along with the image of a Mokou.
[ ] On the rightmost door, along with the image of a switch card.